Pennsylvania mom accused of hanging her kids wanted to kill herself after arrest: 'She also had sex with her dog'

An occupational therapist who worked with one of the children said the child had physical disabilities and it would be impossible for him to hang himself with a dog leash


                            Pennsylvania mom accused of hanging her kids wanted to kill herself after arrest: 'She also had sex with her dog'
Lisa Rachelle Snyder (Berks County District Attorney's Office)

A woman accused of hanging her two children and sexually assaulting the family pet dog had allegedly planned to kill herself after being released from jail.

Lisa Snyder had expected to be arrested after her children's deaths. As she had no previous run-ins with the law, Snyder believed that she would be released on bail, her friend and witness in the case, Jessica Senft, testified in court on February 12. Snyder, 37, had allegedly confided to Senft that she had planned to kill herself after being released on bail, The Morning Call reported.

Senft was among a dozen witnesses who testified during the four-hour-long hearing that took place before District Judge Kim Bagenstose.

Snyder was the only adult present in the house where Conner, 8, and Brinley, 4, were found hanging from a dog leash next to two upturned chairs on September 23, prosecutors said. The two children died after being taken off life support, three days after being found unresponsive in the basement of their Pennsylvania home.

The dog-related charges were made after sexually explicit photos of Snyder with the family dog were uncovered during the investigation and are not related to the homicide charges.

An occupational therapist who had worked with Conner had shared with the investigators that the child had physical disabilities and it would be impossible for him to work the clasp of the dog leash. The police revealed that Snyder had staged the deaths of her children to make it look like suicide.

MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) had previously reported that while investigating the children's deaths, detectives had found sexually explicit pictures of Snyder having sex with the family dog, a five-month-old pit bull and a husky mix, in the weeks before her children's murders. Court documents state she had sent sexually explicit pictures of herself having oral sex with the dog to an unknown man named 'Daddy'.

Snyder was charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence, endangering the welfare of children, animal cruelty and sexual intercourse with a dog in connection to the case. She has pleaded not guilty and is currently in jail where she is being held without bail. If she is found guilty of the charges, Snyder could face the death penalty.

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